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TOP-SEED KASATKINA REACHES GRANBY NATIONAL BANK CHAMPIONSHIPS SEMI-FINALS


Daria Kasatkina
Daria Kasatkina progresses at Granby

Granby, Quebec – On Thursday, the women’s and men’s draws at the Granby National Bank Championships were split in half as the WTA 250 tournament played its four quarter-final matches, and the ATP Challenger event held all eight of its round-of-16 contests. The seeded players came out on top in all but one of the matches, where Canadian wild card Gabriel Diallo defeated No. 7 seed Cedrik Marcel Stebe of Germany to punch his ticket to his first ATP Challenger quarter-final.

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Kostyuk withdraws, Kasatkina and Parry to play for the second finals spot

In the top half of the women’s draw, it will be tournament top-seed Daria Kasatkina facing off against Diane Parry of France for a spot in the championship match. Parry played an early match on Thursday and needed nearly three hours to beat Wimbledon semi-finalist Tatjana Maria of Germany 6-4, 6-7(6), 7- 6(4). Kasatkina, who was playing in the night match, needed half the time to soar past fifth-seeded Spaniard Nuria Parrizas Diaz in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Clinching a spot in the semi-finals on the bottom half were Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk and No. 9 seed Daria Saville of Australia. However, it was announced Thursday evening that Kostyuk was forced to withdraw from the event with a right shoulder injury, meaning that Saville will advance directly to the finals. Despite dealing with an injury, Kostyuk, who was seeded 10th in Granby, had a great quarter-final match. She overcame the pro-Canadian crowd and ousted Vancouver’s Rebecca Marino in a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 thriller.

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No. 3 seed Thompson hangs on by a thread; Canadian Diallo turns heads Canadians were on opposite sides of heartbreak on Thursday, as Mississauga’s Justin Boulais dropped a nail-biter to third-seeded Jordan Thompson of Australia 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7) after having three match points in the third set. Diallo, the 20-year-old Montreal native, had a similar storyline to his match, but he came out on the winning side of his duel, ousting No. 7 seed Stebe 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(2). The Montrealer has looked great in Granby this week and will look to keep things going in the quarter-finals – the first of his career on the Challenger Tour. Diallo isn’t the only youngster leaving his mark at the Granby National Bank Championships, as Juncheng Shang of China (17), American Aidan Mayo (19), and Columbian Nicolas Mejia (22) each advanced to the quarter-finals. Also reaching the Final Eight are Hiroki Moriya of Japan, Tunisian Aziz Dougaz, and former world No. 25 Ugo Humbert of France.




















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